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Cure for writers block (1 Viewer)

Pamelyn Casto

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I'd suggest you pick any area of Leonides' life that interests you and write about that-- any area at all. You have some rich material to work with. You could write about his getting to have a second wife. You could write about his half-brother's insanity. You could write about his head being put on display. You could write about Apollo's oracle at Delphi and the ambiguity of that prophecy. (I love ancient Greek culture so it was a pleasure for me to quick review Leonides to suggest some areas you might start writing about.) Once you have a few sections finished then you can begin putting it all together in more of a novel form. (I do a bit of writing about the Greek gods too. I'm also particularly interested in Socrates and Aspasia, his courtesan friend.)
 

Samanmoran

Senior Member
HI, I've been similarly stuck for the past few weeks because I was dreading the subject I had to write about. So I thought past it and wrote that, thought of some of the action that's happening at the same time and wrote that, and little by little I'm building back to the place that I'm stuck and feeling less stuck. Kind of chipping away at it like a sculpture.
Also, I've found that writing dialog really helps.
Have Leonidas in conversation with his love and see where it goes, even if you don't use it.
 

Madchap

Senior Member
Going to the gym and walking is always nice.

Go grab a beer (or a non-alcoholic one).

Discussing with other people regarding the problem of your story, plot or your story in general. Sometimes people just say something that rings in your head like a, 'Ahhaa!'
 

Fiender

Senior Member
Most of the times when I experience a block, I've found it's because there's something about the upcoming part of my project that I'm not as interested in writing; a scene that I anticipate will be boring or workmanlike. Since I always write consecutively, these are the times where I dig down and work out what my issues are exactly, and either remove the scene, spice it up, or incorporate whatever about it was necessary into the next scene on the outline that actually excites me.
 

Theglasshouse

WF Veterans
Try this if it helps you. Conflict is about opposing worldviews and beliefs. For example a capitalist society versus mother nature is a very strong conflict that will go on for pages and pages. Who stands to profit from the poor? The rich? And so on. I am working on the first one but anyways if you can imagine a character this way by all means try it. If you ever seek craft advice try to get it on character if possible. I am not saying I am an authority. Plot is useless without character. Character is plot if that makes sense. I used to focus so much energy on other people's explanations on plot. I hope the character alone will help me write a story. But you see a character can be personified by these belief systems, values, such as an unwilling banker and maybe their quest is at odds with a world filled with forests. The world is being reconstructed. It's all about perspective in this case. In the example I am giving. A character inspires more than plot. Beliefs can be like philosophies, anything that helps shape the character or wounds can be thought as beliefs. This last part I confess is my opinion on how to start it. Spirituality versus materialism is an old conflict. But it works. These are belief systems externalized in poems in part and in culture and in every waking moment a person decides to pen their thoughts on these. They have a lot of depth as well to be explored in a story. Imperialism versus? It's easy when you think up these ideas. I know putting these philosophies in practice is worth a try.
 
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indianroads

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A professor I had decades ago said that we should all keep a journal. In it, write about nonsense stuff - what you had for dinner, the weather, your neighborhood, politics, etc., even if all you jot down is a single sentence. This keeps the writing habit going during an uninspired spell. Give it time, and your enthusiasm will return.
 

Theglasshouse

WF Veterans
A professor I had decades ago said that we should all keep a journal. In it, write about nonsense stuff - what you had for dinner, the weather, your neighborhood, politics, etc., even if all you jot down is a single sentence. This keeps the writing habit going during an uninspired spell. Give it time, and your enthusiasm will return.
I have a guide on journaling. I reckon I will give it a try. It's by tristine rainer. How do you personally approach it? For example you can list what gives you joy and happiness when experienced, things that irritate you, table of contents autobiography (she has a section on writing memories such as a diary), list of beliefs I once had, beliefs I no longer have, to do list, upset list, things I am afraid off, things desired that make you genuinely happy, lists of virtues and flaws (based on ben franklin's puritan values) and how you cope with each (I assume she wants a writer to write how others cope with it, example Benjamin Franklin did it in one of his important books and autobiography sort of like a spiritual guide, example practice honesty), transgressions, failings. There is more and I haven't been close to finishing the book. Lists is the easiest of them to apply. She gives examples. The book with lists is just one chapter.

https://www.amazon.com/New-Diary-Se...d=I1730G0K4GTGWK&colid=2P10PDF7SKCDQ&qid=&sr=

BTW I dont own the kindle version but it got released and revised due to co-vid 19 according to the author and right now it costs 1 dollar. I'll try to order the digital version tonight. But I own the physical copy already. I haven't gotten serious into studying it. Dsylexia can make it more difficult to concentrate as does my sickness and on top of that attention deficit disorder.

This was has been a favorite of many so-called honest reviewers on goodread.

One kind of journaling is also description. There's more obviously and I need to keep reading but that is a very short summary of some contents. Admittedly, the journaling of description was when you could travel safely to anywhere doing things without coronavirus being a problem.
 
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TheManx

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That involves a person's willingness to quit. In my circumstances writing is a cheap hobby that can be practiced. It's bad imo to discourage people who try hard.

If you're discouraged by some random guy on a writing forum, then maybe you should be doing something else.
 

Theglasshouse

WF Veterans
If you're discouraged by some random guy on a writing forum, then maybe you should be doing something else.

You are insulting people (me). If I entertained your story about my life experiences which you have no knowledge off then you shouldn't be talking about what you don't know. You don't know the person. What is more to me this represents a sacrifice on my part for therapy and self-fulfilment. Your tone sounds insulting and you seem to get offended easily. I on the other hand rarely show my other side which I would describe is to tolerate other people's opinions. I have critiqued your stories. The least you can do is show self-respect. By staying quiet.
 

TheManx

Senior Member
I'm not a bit offended. I happen to think that if people really want to write, then hopefully, they will muster up the will to do it. If they can't for whatever reason, well so be it. Not everyone is meant to be a writer. If you try and fail, no harm done.

None of that means I lack the empathy to understand that it might be difficult depending on circumstances. But in the end, it's all on you.
 

TheManx

Senior Member
BTW -- here's where I would NEVER remotely discourage anyone -- in fact the opposite. That's when I read someone's work -- because invariably, at least from what I've seen around here, there will be something that shows effort and talent. Otherwise, I think all this jawing about writer's block is a waste of time.
 

Theglasshouse

WF Veterans
My last post in this thread for the time being. Imagine if you told a person to paint bird houses. Instead of writing in the season of covid-19. That I took as an insult. In a brave new world people aren't allowed to be creative by Huxley. You, the writer, can make a comment but as I made clear this seems silly. Creativity is self-expression and therapy. There is art therapy. When I went to a hospital for reasons I will not mention (the mental disease thread was deleted and had this). They would have us make art.

You're simplified comment is misinterpreted. Simplified logic, saying you shouldn't be writing as I interpreted, and we are on a writing forum is not a nice thing to say. My last post dealt with illnesses I listed. You cannot make an argument in a single sentence. You were creating an argument imo but didn't complete the idea. Why should I want to paint birdhouses? Why should I be accused on not being able to write? See that's where I quit replying to you. Sorry if I offended you. But please do not talk to me without knowing the implications of what you are saying. My personal history is not for me to say to a stranger on the internet. PM if you are genuinely interested.
 

TheManx

Senior Member
You're taking my comment WAY too seriously. Do you actually think I'm suggesting anyone should stop writing and build birdhouses? Please.

No --I'm saying that people who really want to write will figure out a way to do it. If you want it, you will develop methods to stay focused by trial and error. I don't think there is any other way. If you find that insulting, well, I'm sorry -- that wasn't my intention. Think of it as tough love. :)
 
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TheManx

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BTW, here's a tip, theGlasshouse. You might not want to assume that because a post follows yours that the comment has anything to do with you or what you said -- especially if you weren't quoted, okay? No need to thank me.
 

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